Help!!! Trying to ID a Wittnauer!
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    Help!!! Trying to ID a Wittnauer!


    I'm trying to ID what appears to be a a Wittnauer watch that belonged to my great uncle. In the batch of miscellaneous watches there was another Longines labeled as a Datomatic that I'm not convinced is real so I didn't bother posting to the forum for help, but this watch seem legit.

    It has a solid case back and does not appear to work. Hands move freely, but watch does not wind. The case back is stamped with what appears to be an identifying mark below the lugs and notes that it is 10k gold filled. The crystal is some sort of hesalite (pictures are below). There is a slight indention on the opposite side of the case from the crown; I assume this is where the case separates.

    Thanks for any input you might have!

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    Re: Help!!! Trying to ID a Wittnauer!

    It's a so-called front-loader, which means that the movement is accessed through the dial side. That said, you can ask a watchmaker to open it (should do it for free- if not, find another one).
    Looks like a 1950s-1960s piece.
    Never heard of any Longines Datomatic. If it appears to be a vintage piece, then we'd need pictures of the dial, case and movement, and then we'd be able to tell you if it is a genuine piece or not. Might be, for example, a redial with a "Datomatic" instead of "Automatic", but not necessarily a fake.
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    Re: Help!!! Trying to ID a Wittnauer!

    The longines is more than likely a "Longine" pin lever watch. Does it say "Unbreakable mainspring" on the dial or say "Diamond Tooled" on the back?

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    Re: Help!!! Trying to ID a Wittnauer!

    Some of these top loaders with a low profile crystal will have a very small gap between the lugs where the bezel can be popped open. I have a 50s longines that has one, it looks like it is original and not something someone modified.
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